Everything You Need to Know About Tartar

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We have many things on our oral hygiene routine. We start by brushing our teeth. Then, we also floss and use mouthwash. We do this every day to AVOID tartar buildup, but what is tartar? How do we remove it? What’s so bad about it?

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The Basics of Tartar.

Let’s start with the bacteria in your mouth. No matter how many times we brush our teeth, there will always be bacteria present. This is because of the food we eat.

The food particles stuck in between our teeth mix with the proteins. Together, they produce a gooey film called dental plaque. This plaque will then coat your teeth and it permeates under your gums.

Dental plaque can damage your tooth enamel, and it will cause cavities. However, if you brush your teeth regularly, you loosen the dental plaques sticking onto your teeth. Thus, permanent tooth decay will be avoided.

If you do not take action, plaques will be the start of bigger problems. When plaque stays longer that it should, it will start to harden and it will become the dreaded tartar.

Tartar, also known as calculus, is rough and spongelike. Thus, you will observe some of your teeth having holes. Tartar can be the cause of other dental problems such as gum diseases and having receding gums.

So, if you start to notice rough spots while eating or brushing, see a dentist immediately. Tartar can only be removed using specialized dental tools. Algodones Dental Care can help you with this problem.

Tartar Is Hard to Remove.

That’s why I recommended going to a dentist because you can’t just brush or wash away tartar. This is a hardened plaque we are talking about here. If untreated, tartar can cause cavities and tooth decay.

Whether it’s just a dot or a huge hole, having tartar is obviously NOT good for you. The bacteria it carries can definitely harm your gums. Over the years, tartar may develop into a progressive gum disease.

Well, for starters, it could begin as a mellow gum infection called gingivitis. This is totally treatable and it can be stopped by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. However, there are also severe gum diseases such as periodontitis. Your gums and teeth will have holes. Thus, making them susceptible to infiltrations and more bacterial infections.

How to Control Tartar?

Like I said earlier, tartar can only be removed by a dentist. However, you can apply these tips to avoid further the development of tartar to your teeth and gums.

  • Pick a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride can help in tartar control, and it can also aid in the repair of your tooth enamel.
  • Use a mouthwash to kill harmful bacteria that cause the proliferation of dental plaques.
  • Buy an electric-powered toothbrush. Studies have proved that battery-powered toothbrushes or electric-powered toothbrushes are better at removing bacteria and other food particles.
  • If you still opt to choose manual toothbrushes, be sure that it is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Of course, do not forget to visit your dentist regularly. If you don’t have one yet, Algodones Dental Care is ready to assist you with any dental emergency or procedure. Our prices are the same as the rates in Mexico!